| 22/02/2010 | 0 Comments

Suburban is the first vehicle to reach 75 years of production and Chevrolet commemorates the pioneering SUV’s production milestone with presenting a new 2010 75th Anniversary Diamond Edition model, limited to 2,570 unit only, launched recently at Chicago Auto Show.

The idea for the Suburban was born out of a need for a heavier-duty, truck-based wagon. Through the early 1930s, most manufacturers offered car-based wagons for professional use. Open models with windows and rear seating were known as depot hacks, and were used to ferry passengers and their cargo around train stations and boat docks. Enclosed models, typically without rear seats, were known as sedan deliveries. Bodywork for these early vehicles often consisted of wood sides and canvas tops; and while they were versatile, their car-based chassis and damage-prone bodies were compromises. Chevrolet began experimenting with an all-steel wagon body mounted on a commercial chassis in the mid-1930s, and the Suburban Carryall was launched in 1935.
The original Suburban could seat eight, while easily removable seats provided a large, 1,905mm x 1,956mm cargo area. The 2010 Suburban seats up to nine, while offering 1,297L of cargo space behind the third row. With the second-row seats folded and third-row seats removed, interior cargo space increases to 3,891L.
In 1935 Suburban power came from Chevrolet’s stalwart “Stovebolt” inline-six that produced 60hp for the half-ton chassis. Now a Vortec 5.3L FlexFuel engine and fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmission are standard in Suburban half-ton models, enabling a maximum towing capacity of 2,674kg.

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